T doesn’t know how Charlie will work on Commuter Rail

Tom Long in the Northwest edition of Starts and Stops in the Globe today shares some nuggets about the T. Certainly apperars that it will be awhile before Charlie hits the Commuter Rail.

On Charlie coming to the Commuter Rail he wrote
Several readers have asked when the Charlie Card will be available for commuter rail.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said commuter rail cards will be rolled out next year, but it hasn’t been decided how the system will work. Either riders will pass a card-reading machine as they enter the train, or conductors will read the passes with hand-held devices.


No name change for Hynes/ICA the T says
A rider on the MBTA’s Green Line, John P. McAuliffe, e-mailed a question about the Institute of Contemporary Art’s recent shift across Boston: “So now that the ICA has moved to the waterfront, will they call the Hynes/ICA a different name? This being Boston, I doubt they will, but won’t out-of-town tourists be confused as heck about two different ICAs?” McAuliffe is also looking for an update on the rehabilitation of the Green Line’s Kenmore Station.
As far as his ICA question, it seems out-of-towners are on their own. “The name is remaining the same,” said MBTA spokeswoman Lydia Rivera.


Kenmore Station update
And as for Kenmore Station, Rivera reports that starting next month a contractor will install structural steel and pour concrete for the walls, floor, and roof for an expanded mezzanine area. New inbound and outbound stairs and the eastern ends of the inbound and outbound platforms should be completed by opening day for the Red Sox, April 10, she said.
By July or August, elevators should be installed and operating. The new glass-and-steel canopy will be constructed from June to September, and a new bus way will open in September or October. New escalators should be completed by December. They will be used as a temporary stairway during Red Sox season.

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2 responses to “T doesn’t know how Charlie will work on Commuter Rail

  1. but… I ride the green line every day, and the name HAS been changed. ICA has been wiped from signs in the station, and the subway car recordings have been reprogrammed so that they only say “Hynes” not “Hynes ICA.” what gives?

  2. Amanda said…
    but… I ride the green line every day, and the name HAS been changed. ICA has been wiped from signs in the station, and the subway car recordings have been reprogrammed so that they only say “Hynes” not “Hynes ICA.” what gives?

    Just another example of the T not knowing it’s rear end from it’s elbow. I will take an educated guess that the new system maps coming out in January will say Hynes/ICA.

    But that isn’t as bad as what happened in Chicago where the new maps on all the trains mispelled BELMONT station.

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